Malema got special treatment: DA

2012-09-20 14:45

Johannesburg - Former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema received special treatment from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) during a by-election in Limpopo, the DA said on Thursday.

A by-election was held in Seshego, part of the Polokwane voting district, on Wednesday.

"Firstly, Mr Malema was allowed to approach the voting station in his convoy, and was allowed to drive into the IEC's cordoned-off area that surrounded the voting station," spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said.

Voters are usually only allowed to enter this area on foot to wait in line to vote.

Malema was also allowed to skip the queue and go straight to the voting booths.

In every other election, Democratic Alliance and African National Congress leaders had always waited their turn in line, the party said.

The IEC is supposed to treat all South Africans equally.

"Mr Malema yesterday showed his disrespect for other voters by jumping the queue," Maimane said.

The IEC barred other voters from entering the voting hall while Malema was casting his ballot.

"DA representatives inside the voting hall report that the IEC issued a specific instruction to keep other voters out of the hall while Mr Malema was voting," he said.

"Special arrangements were made for one individual, whilst other voters had to wait in line outside."

This was unacceptable, and the party had written to the IEC for an explanation of the matter.

IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela was not immediately available for comment.

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-20 14:53

    Its not Malema's fault.

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-20 14:59

      A a polititon he is suppose to serve the people. If he is a good politition he would have waited in line and respect the people who have been waiting for hours to cast their votes, especially the the elderly and the disabled. This show of "force" used by Malema is a direct indication of how out of touch this man is with South African citizens. Especially those that he wants to vote for him

      nkadimeng - 2012-09-20 15:07

      Indeed, Juju doesn't work for IEC

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-20 15:10

      Its not polititon or politition, its politician. Again I say its not his fault. However some reports say He had to wait which He did.

      Alan - 2012-09-20 15:11

      Boltonbarry, the problem is he is not even a politician, just an ar#ehole.

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-20 15:23

      He had to wait in the line like every one else Thabang

      tinotenda.panashe - 2012-09-20 16:03

      Why should the youth leader queue? The ANCYL still recognises him as their leader and as such should jump the queue

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-20 17:00

      Tino cause he serves the people. The people do not serve him

      Michael - 2012-09-20 20:18

      Nothing to do with this article, but hows his "imminent arrest" going?

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-09-21 06:03

      I think it is petty for the DA to complain about this small thing. Do Mbeki, De Klerk, Mandela queue? I know these people were former presidents and Malema wasn't, but I would like to believe we are all as important as them, complain about that! Mandela I can understand because of his age, but am sure his fellow geriatrics do not enjoy the freedoms of being visited by the IEC. And with the dust Malema has been creating and his claim that his life might be in danger it is a fair point. I am not pro Male a but it is simply childish to complain about such an insignificant thing

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-09-21 10:34

      Cheap politicking at its best, I expect such rubbish from Afri-forum and Blade Nzimande...there are more important issues than this. Come on DA dont stoop to this level, you better than that.

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-21 11:00

      Malema is not a politician or a member of a political party. He has no special rights he is equal to all other voter. But is prepared to apply his tsotsi manners and force his way in everywhere. The people of Polokwane are either to stupid or to scared to do anything about it. That is why your province is bankrupt and has the stupidist uneducated children in the whole of Africa. Pull your self together before you loose your freedom.

  • pmalungana - 2012-09-20 14:54

    his life is said to be in danger, perhaps thats the reason

      rontheogre - 2012-09-20 17:35

      Then they should teach him how to breath better. I know talking BS takes a lot of brain power, but should not be at the cost of his health.

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-21 11:03

      Who said his life is in Danger. Please do not make statements that are not facts.

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-09-21 14:50

      Himself, juliarse!

  • msendi - 2012-09-20 14:56

    Maybe he voted DA…

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-09-20 14:56

    This infatuation with Malema is just scoring points and raising his profile. Malema is a special case if he the DA is not aware. He has more supporter than all the opposition combined.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-20 16:16

      I understand both DA and ANC voters were all excited to see him and wanted to take photos with him. Maybe IEC saw that the excitement by both parties was causing chaos and IEC considered letting him vote and go so that control can be restored.

  • mosesmoscow.kgopa - 2012-09-20 15:02

    I don't see what difference it makes cause he already Voted and DA lost the Ward...I agree, He was supposed to Queue like any other Voters. But can't we focus on others issues moving forward? If DA wants to open a case (They seem good at it recently), IEC should be their culprit...This is what I call Cheap Politics. Please DA, I know you can do Better this

      lani.dewet.3 - 2012-09-20 15:55

      Read the article again please. It clearly states that the DA wants an explanation from the IEC for the "special treatment" he received. For the record, a good politician would've declined preferential treatment.

      maune.moima - 2012-09-20 16:47

      DA...dirty aliance...seeking clarity...haaaaahaaaaa, thy get it in 2014 when malema is bek n HOT..who runs da IEC ? STOP wasting ur tym

  • nkadimeng - 2012-09-20 15:12

    Go and lay charges, as usual.

      JuliusYouPrick - 2012-09-21 10:55

      go and STFU.

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-09-20 15:13

    Yes he is the future president of Mzansi, get used to it

      andres.dewet - 2012-09-20 15:57

      Yes, you can have a president that thinks he's above you, not with you. What a great leader he would be! Exalt him, praise him, worship him... he commands it, because he's a class-A narcissist.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-20 16:01

      The only Pres. he might become is of the prisons.

      JuliusYouPrick - 2012-09-21 10:55

      No busisiwieea or whatever your name is, he is not.

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-09-20 15:21

    All animals are equal but some animals are equal than others.What a paradox,LOL?

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-20 15:24

      This contry is indeed an Animal Farm

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-20 15:41

    if juju farts news 24 will report it.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-20 15:57

    as always DA and its petty issues, one reason i dont see how the DA can give me an alternative home - so i am thinking my vote will still be upheld well thats if JZ retains his seat - no vote JZ or DA until they start looking at the bigger things not this petty stuff

      gretchen.oswald.3 - 2012-09-20 18:43

      Every vote counts- why dont you try Cope or IFP? Maybe they look at bigger things?

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-09-20 16:02

    Maimane go to hell man ... would have preferred it to be your boss lady that you mow her lawn every night!! 'Garden boy'

  • mike.clery - 2012-09-20 16:19

    WHAT?????? The IEC people MUST be made to answer for this.

  • Daniel Tyga Moloi - 2012-09-20 16:58

    DA must just go to hell,any sigle thing malema is doing you are the first to complain

      JuliusYouPrick - 2012-09-21 10:58

      why don't you go to hell you mofo.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-09-20 17:22

    That was the behaviour of Idi Amin who was a tyrant. I'm waiting for this imminent arrest.Everyone is so bloody scared of him. This.... does as he pleases he is not a god but acts like one and all the ANC bow to him. Amazing

  • ignatiousmarekollemahlokwane - 2012-09-20 17:29

    The problem with news24 is that it is relying much on buying news than investigating them itself. DA has never complained about this issue only anti-Malema home boys did ,where even Jacob Leboga was arrested.

  • anton.cameron.muller - 2012-09-21 10:30

    The big question here is - "Who gives a damn?"

  • harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-21 10:54

    This is an indication of how trustworthy the IEC is It means it favours certain individuals and parties and obviously it must also favour certain results. The questian is how far will it go to give that favour. More ANC dishonesty.

  • bob.slap.5 - 2012-09-21 11:01

    Someone had to help him draw his X as he cant being disabled and all

  • jessica.main.501 - 2012-09-21 11:50

    Juju wanted so badly to be centre of attraction. maybe when he was young he never got any love from his parent or friends. Now its his chance to get it from everyone. He need help.

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-09-21 12:30

    How can anyone trust the IEC on this and future elections (True anc AA in action)..Fire this Kate Bapela and ALL the IEC clowns

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